Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Who do you want to tell?"

Remember when Facebook changed their Terms of Service, and everyone complained? Or when Facebook updated the News Feed to be all "twitter-esque" and everyone complained? Well, get ready for the next backlash.
ReadWriteWeb just reported on another update that Facebook announced today, and it's going to be unpopular. In fact, I don't actually understand it.

Here's the deal. When you post a link, status, video, etc on Facebook, you're going to be asked who you want to share it with. Here are your choices:

  • Everyone: Anyone, on or off, of Facebook can see it.

  • Friends and Networks: People you have confirmed as friends and people in any school or work networks that you've joined can see it.

  • Friends of Friends: Anyone who is friends with a friend of yours can see it.

  • Friends: Only people you have confirmed as friends can see it.

  • Custom: Choose any friend or Friend List to include or exclude from seeing that piece of content
Right now, only users who had their profiles and status updates visible to everyone have been included in this beta release. But it's coming to everyone eventually.

What I don't get (and which isn't addressed in the announcement) is who's seeing these updates. Is it only people who have their profiles set to public? So I can set my updates to be seen by everyone, even if I'm not seeing everyone's updates?

Facebook suggests that you might want to share with everyone your post about how nice the weather is today. I'm asking you not to. Please.

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